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Maya Contreras @mayatcontreras
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1. This is a love letter 💌 to all of those who are currently in the service industry.

Last night, a Wall Street guy was drinking at an NYC bar where my husband @BobbyCrace was working. The Wall Street guy didn’t tip him.
2. A man sitting next to The Wall Street bro noticed said to him “You forgot to tip the bartender.” To which the Wall Street bro responded:

“No I didn’t. It will be better for him if I don’t.”
3. An indication that if Bobby were tipped, it would be looked at as a “handout“ and he wouldn’t be motivated to “work on his life”.
4. My husband Bobby runs a nonprofit, finished editing a book that is being published next month, plays three instruments and is applying for grad school. Regardless of that my husband has always taken pride in his work as a bartender.
5. Bobby has always felt bartending is noble profession in and by itself. He has met his favorite people through his job as a bartender (including me). He’s met the most charismatic, talented, hilarious friends of his life behind the bar. #RespectMyHustle
6. My husband wasn’t offended. He said “It’s par for the course. They don’t get it, so they assume.” In a way, I wasn’t either because I had long accepted that large swaths of people in this country that don’t value the service industry or the creative community attached to it.
7. I know they don’t think that my life as a creative person and advocate is valuable. They don’t think his life as a creative and a bartender is valuable. We get it, and we also (almost) feel sorry for them. Because they don’t “get it.”
8. What they don’t get is that some of the most amazing people my husband and I have met in this life work in the service industry. We have friends that work in the service industry that do this for a living and don’t want to work in any other industry.
9. We also have friends in the service industry where it pays for the life they want to live: traveling, learning a second or third language, sleeping in til’noon, getting their masters or PhD. All the additional things they want to do in their life. My husband Bobby at the Whitney
10. So I say to the Wall Street bro, you may be saving yourself an extra two dollars but we see your little life in the shadow of all the possibilities that we continuously keep opening for ourselves. Maya and Bobby wedding
for ourselves.

11. PS. My husband @BobbyCrace has made drinks for Prince, Grace Jones, Nicki Minaj, @KingJames,@chrislhayes, Rachel @Maddow, @PFTompkins, @hodgman, @mrdavehill all of whom Bobby has said “were the nicest people.” #bellhouse #andbeyond #nyc #brooklyn Bobby Crace
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